All set for the festive holidays

2018-12-27 06:00

THE city of Durban and its surrounding areas have been abuzz with activities since the festive season started. To ensure safety on the road and at the beaches, emergency services are all set up for the December holidays.

KZN Health Department and SAPS confirmed that everything was ready for the December holidays.

Police spokesperson in Tongaat Captain Patrick Ngwane said more road blocks and patrols were planned for this festive season.

“The police will increase visibility at the La Mercy and Westbrook beaches to ensure that beachgoers are safe. We will also conduct road blocks and stop and search. We will be targeting drunk drivers,” he said.

Ngwane appealed to the members of the public to work in partnership with the police during the festive season to curb criminal activities, saying: “Our operations held last year proved to be a great success. However, we need the residents to work with the police and report any criminal activities.”

Station commander for Umhlanga fire station Krish Ramdayal said the teams will be working during the holidays to ensure residents and holidaymakers are safe.

Ramdayal said: “Most of the time we do inspections in all the hotels in Umhlanga to check if all holidaymakers are safe. As Umhlanga fire station, we are ready for the holiday season.”

Meanwhile, KZN Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo confirmed that the department was ready to deal with the influx of Christmas holiday makers. Dhlomo also confirmed that the ambulance services will be up and running this festive season.

Dhlomo addressed residents during the launch of the 2018 Festive Season readiness Plan at Amajuba District earlier this month.

He showcased ambulances that will be stationed at strategic points, in order to be able to respond to emergencies.

In a statement, Dhlomo said the department was ready “to support all those individuals who may get involved in car accidents.”

“It is very important to know that we have ambulances at hotspots and high accident zones, as identified by the Road Traffic Officers, so that we can support them and find people involved in accidents, and take them to health facilities as quickly as possible.

“Our province is a tourist destination for many South Africans, as well as international tourists, so we want to demonstrate and give that sense of comfort to citizens that we will be available to support the individuals who may get involved in accidents on the roads,” he said.

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